Storm Sign 15 in Class of 2017

Storm Sign 15 in Class of 2017

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie College baseball team signed 15 baseball players to join the Storm family for the 2018 baseball season. 

Head Coach Cameron Castro said, "I'm excited about this group and it's potential. It's a good mix of positional depth for us and a couple potential difference makers on the mound. There's no doubt that putting together my first class was something that was priority number one when I got on campus in August but I couldn't have done it without the hardwork and dedication of Coach Franklin and Coach Hites, who were instrumental in helping to shape this class. Even though we still have a handful of games before this year is up, I already know it will be an exciting and competitive atmoshpere when guys get back in the fall. These fifteen guys are proof that the future of this program continues to be bright."

 

Nathan Birtley

School: Mentor HS

Hometown: Mentor, OH

Pos: OF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Birtley: "Nate was a big addition for us, his sister plays softball here so he was already very familiar with the school and program. He adds some much needed speed and outfield depth for us right away and was one of the more enthusiastic guys in this class. I think he really understands  the direction and expectations I have in mind for this class. One of those guys that you know is going to work hard right from jump.

 

Brandon Boazman

School: Cuyahoga CC / NDCL

Hometown: Chardon, OH

Pos: CIF/OF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Boazman: "A power bat with the versatility to play either corner infield spot and potentially the corner outfield as well. Brandon is a local product that's benefited from the reps and experience of junior college baseball. I'm excited to see what he can do offensively at our ballpark, definitely an immediate boost to our team's ability to hit the ball with power."

 

Blake Curry

School: Eaton HS

Hometown: Eaton, OH

Pos: C

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Blake: "Blake and his brother Brad's visit to campus was one of the better visits we had all year. A great family and two kids who were eager and excited to be a part of what we're trying to restore here. Blake adds depth to the catching position for us which was a huge focus for us in building out this class. I expect Blake to be an attention to detail guy, someone who is dialed in on every aspect of the game."

 

Brad Curry

School: Eaton HS

Hometown: Eaton, OH

Pos: LHP

B/T: L/L

Coach Castro on Brad: "There's a ton of upside here, not only does he throw it from the left side which is always a bonus but his movement patterns are advanced which excites me for his development opportunities here. Like his brother, I have no doubt that Brad is going to excel here. If for nothing else than his work ethic being second to none."

 

Jamaris Cook

School: Elyria HS

Hometown: Elyria, OH

Pos: LHP

B/T: L/L

Coach Castro on Cook: "Jamaris is a big time get for us, one of the top arms in the state and someone who I know has his best days ahead of him. He has the ability to lock down a key role on next year's staff right away, not to mention he's going to come in ahead of the curve academically. I know he's a competitor and is going to be an asset to our staff right away. One of the guys I'm most excited about to see in Green and White."

 

Danny Dalton

School: Oak Hills HS

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Pos: C/1B

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Dalton: "Danny is a guy we have high hopes for, although he comes to us a catcher I anticipate him also seeing some time at first base. His bat definitely plays at this level, one of the more impressive workouts we saw during an on-campus visit. I think he has the ability to help us offensively and be an immediate contributor in one role or another. His ability to play the catching position was an added bonus for us but I am definitely excited to see him swing it in the fall."

 

Brian D'Andrea

School: Amherst Steele HS

Hometown: Amherst, OH

Pos: RHP

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on D'Andrea: "Arguably the steal of this class and one of the more exciting guys we have coming in. Brian has the size, stature and mindset to be the leader of a pitching staff. Not only a top guy in the area but a top 50 RHP in all of Ohio and one of two top 150 pitchers in this class. Brian's currently 5-0 this year with wins against some of the top teams in Ohio. His upside is huge and he's a guy I'm really excited to have here and have the opportunity to work with."

 

Phill Griffor

School: Marysville HS

Hometown: Marysville, MI

Pos: IF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Griffor: "Our only Michigan man in this class but a top 25 shortstop in the state. Phill came to our prospect camp in the fall and immediately impressed, was hobbled from playing a football game the night before but showed out to be the best and most projectable player on the field. A three sport athlete in baseball, football and hockey. Has smooth hands defensively and pop in his bat. I definitely think he can help us in the infield next year, a gamer in the truest sense of the word."

 

Forrest Longeway

School: Walnut Hills HS

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Pos: OF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Longeway: "A speedy and scrappy outfielder who's definitely a hustle first ask questions later kind of a player. Another need for us in adding speed and outfield depth made Forrest a sure fire fit for us. Another guy who comes from a good family and someone who's played high quality baseball in Cincinnati for a couple years now. Another top ranked player (157 overall) whose versatility and tools make him a great fit here."

 

Brett Lowther

School: Cuyahoga Hts.

Hometown: Brooklyn Hts, OH

Pos: IF/OF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Lowther: "Brett has the size and baseball experience to be a good player for us, coming to us a shortstop but anticipate him getting reps all over the field as kind of a utility player. Comes from a baseball family and another three sport guy, quarterbacked his high school team to the state championship game. I'm excited to see what kind of player Brett develops into once he gets here and settles into the lifestyle of college baseball."

 

Jacob Lozinski

School: St. Edward's HS

Hometown: Avon, OH

Pos: OF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Lozinski: "One of our early commits in this class, a guy who is excited to be here and we are just as excited to have him. Jake has a ton of tools and has been a mainstay in the St. Ed's lineup since his junior year. The ability play all three outfield positions and play them well, he can run, throw and handles the bat well. Another guy who has the chance to be really good once he gets on campus and gets into the swing of things year-round."

 

Tristan Mayer

School: Vermillion HS

Hometown: Vermillion, OH

Pos: RHP

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Mayer: "Tristan is currently having one of the best senior years in the area, sporting a 0.70 ERA. Another guy who came to camp in the fall and really impressed, throws a natural cutter and gets a lot of swing and misses. Another three sport guy in soccer, basketball and baseball. Keeps our connection to the Lorain County area alive and has a cousin who's an alum of the program as well. Expect big things out of him not only in the future but in his first year as well."

 

Collin Minor

School: Cuyahoga CC / Medina HS

Hometown: Medina, OH

Pos: CIF

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Minor: "Our second of two junior college bats in this class, Collin comes to us after being one of the best defensive third basemen in the region last year, not to mention he can handle the bat as well - currently hitting .383 with 3 homeruns and 26 RBI in 115 at-bats for Tri-C. Collin's an immediate boost to our offensive capabilities and will be a mature presence for us defensively. I expect Collin to come in right away and have not only an impact on the field but an overall impact on our program's experience, as he has over 300 college at-bats already."

 

Trace Peterson

School: Medina HS

Hometown: Medina, OH

Pos: C

B/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Peterson: Trace comes in just as ready as anyone to be an immediate impact player in his freshman year. He is a big strong kid with outstanding bat speed and is a catch and throw guy behind the plate. Arguably the most impressive player in this class metric wise. Trace has the size, natural ability and charisma to be a terrific player here. Could very well be a long term stay in the middle of our lineup. Trace's future is very bright and I'm excited to get him here and watch him compete."

 

Jordan Reed

School: Elyria HS

Hometown: Elyria, OH

Pos: IF

R/T: R/R

Coach Castro on Reed: "Our second of two Elyria Pioneers and our very first commitment of the 2017 class. Jordan's upside is second to none, he has the frame, defensive ability and smooth/clean bat path to be a great player. Playing predominantly third base in high school, I think he is plenty capable of playing any infield position. Jordan projects to be an exciting player to watch over the next couple years. No doubt a steal for us and someone who flew under the radar, truly believe he's going to be very good here.

-LEC-